Listen. All the world forgets me. First my face, then my voice, then the consequences of my deeds. So listen. Remember me.
My name is Hope Ardern, and you won't know who I am. We've met before - a thousand times. I am the girl the world forgets. It started when I was 16 years old. A slow declining, an isolation, one piece at a time. A father forgetting to drive me to school. A mother setting the table for three, not four. A teacher who forgets to chase my missing homework. A friend who looks straight through me and sees a stranger.
No matter what I do, the words I say, the people I hurt, the crimes I commit - you will never remember who I am. That makes my life tricky. It also makes me dangerous....
This is the tale of a girl no one remembers, and her story will stay with you forever.
©2016 Claire North (P)2016 Hachette Audio
"A mesmerising writer." (Alex Marwood, author of The Wicked Girls)
A great story with reflection on human values and the unusual condition of the main character highlights our view of the world.
I have listened to 3 of Claire North's books and I love them.
Claire North's books just get better and better. A wonderful book. Extraordinary plot. Great depth of character and beautifully crafted. Gillian Burke's reading is wonderful as well.
Kildonan by the sea
for killing bodies, and for saving souls. All propagated with the best intentions.
This is a very clever book that manages to entertain while questioning our present as if it was a dystopia in some not distant future. The apps, the test and the tech in general are all now only the inexplicable forgetting is not of this world and some of the treatments, as far as I can remember.
Intelligent and beautifully written, with so many Ideas and questions about humanity and motivations, wants and needs, society and freedom, and how easily we relinquish ourselves to the desire of perfection at any cost.
This a book that travels the world exploring the Ideas and and cultures, tasting foods and ideas exploring the identities we take in a global game.
The main character Hope is complex and likable full of life and vulnerability. So is Byron one of her main contacts, even the enemy is at time humanized with motivations that are more complex than the standard evil of badly made caricatures.
Fast paced with many devices being used to explore language and writing while including the reader in the memory game with beautiful ease, a truly enjoyable book that delivers in many levels.
“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:
I love not Man the less, but Nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal.”
The notion of not being remembered is one that is very interesting but I feel the potential to explore this was lost in the subplot involving the technology surrounding perfection. Both ideas warrant their own book. The narrator is good but her Scottish accent is dire and distracting.
As with "The first 15 lives of Harry August" and "Touch" the concept of this book is brilliant - both interesting and genuinely thought provoking. The story / plot is pretty good too.
But there are elements of both the writing and the narration that caused me frustration, at times. In terms of the writing, there was way too much repetition. Seriously, I actually shouted "get on with it!" whilst listening. And the lists....just so many lists. With a little less repetition and shorter lists, this could have been 3 hours shorter, with nothing lost.
The narration was pretty good in general, easy to listen to and fairly good characterisation. That is, until the Scottish accents turn up at the end, at which point it's a complete train wreck, and distracts from the ending.
I'm glad I got to the end, it made me think. But it was, at times, a struggle getting there.
The book itself seems really good, it's just the fact that the book itself doesn't seem to match to my taste. When I read the synopsis, I was hoping the story would focus on how The main character hope lives on a day to Day basis, and the challenges she faces, such as getting a job, dating, and other such things. Whilst all these things are mentioned in the book, the story seems to be more of a mystery or a thriller than just an interesting piece of fiction, which is good, but not really something I'm interested in, especially with the book being so long. I'll probably come back to it later, but I'd rather move on to a book with a plot that holds my interest instead at this moment. This is the advice I give to customers who just prefer stories that focus more on realistic issues and character development instead of drilling mysteries and heists, as you may be a bit disappointed. To anyone who is into that kind of thing though, I'd highly recommend the book, as it is truly seeming to be a good book.
I didn't enjoy the writing style Claire adopted for this novel although the whole concept and in general terms the plot was genius.
She's very clever is Claire North. She writes about people with believable but unconventional superpowers. And she writes about them with pathos and humanity.
This one is about Hope, the woman who everyone forgets.
The performer isn't the best but the novel is riveting.
When the story is actually happening it's interesting. I found it hard to get past what could only be described as a heavy peppering of really bad poetry at every emotive opportunity.
This book had a lot of good ideas but I find myself looking at it like a cake someone decorated poorly, thinking what a shame. At least it tastes nice.
I'd just read a novel by Claire North (Touch) thought I'd like some more of her work; oh dear, by the half-way point I'd lost the will to keep listening, so good in bits but meanders forever, tedious and a drain, I finally gave up waiting and hit Delete.
I tried to finish it. Went into a depression so had to stop. Droning narrator.
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